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After guiding Rising Pune Supergiant to a thrilling last ball six wicket win against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Saturday, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the key to successful run chases is staying "calm".

Dhoni, who blasted a 34-ball unbeaten 61 to take his side home on the final ball of the innings, said he doesn't take pressure of the mounting asking rate and its only about how the opposition bowlers execute and how the batsmen seize the advantage.

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Despite the political tensions between India and Pakistan affecting bilateral cricket, there is no love lost among the players and this time it is the Indian team which presented a Virat Kohli shirt, signed by all the players, to former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on his retirement from international cricket.

"To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you," India skipper Kohli wrote on the shirt.

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The Indian cricket team's recently concluded home season of 13 Tests recorded one of the highest television viewership, the official broadcasters claimed on Wednesday.

According to official broadcasters Star Sports, the 13 Tests - which comprised home series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia - recorded a total of 3.1 billion gross impressions. Of this, the four-match India-Australia Test series was the highest rated series with more than 174 million viewers. The four-match Test series delivered a total of 1.1 billion gross impressions with the third Test match alone recording 383 million. 

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said that Victoria University and University of Canberra will assist India to establish a 'National Sports University' on the lines of the Australian Institute of Sport.

The assurance by Turnbull came at the launch of the India-Australia Sport Partnership (IASP) jointly with Indian Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel in the presence of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.

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Team Canada will play at home in its quest to stay in the top level of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas as the official draw held at the International Tennis Federation headquarters on Tuesday morning determined Canada will host India in the World Group play-offs. Taking place September 15-17, the venue, court surface, and player nominations will be announced at a later date.

“We are very happy we will be playing at home again as our Canadian fans have been so supportive in every city we’ve been to and this will give us the best chance to win,” said Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We know India has been in this position before and will be up to the challenge, but our team will be ready. We definitely feel we are a World Group nation and belong there once again for 2018.”

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India registered a stunning 11-0 win against China in the semifinal at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship at the Aishbagh Hockey Stadium here on Monday to move into the final to be played on Tuesday against Malaysia, who beat Singapore 12-1.

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Savita Punia's stunning display of goalkeeping helped India beat Chile in the final match of the Women's Hockey World League Round 2. The teams were locked in a 1-1 stalemate at the end of regulation time, but in the shootout, the experienced Savita ensured India emerged victorious.

Savita, who was adjudged the Goalkeeper of the Tournament, was outstanding under the bar as she denied scoring chances to Kim Jacob and Josefa Villalabeitia, which gave India a head start in the shootout. 

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